More 'star gazers' as lambs hit by blindness
We are now just five weeks away from the start of our breeding season and the ewes have been divided into three groups.
The heaviest ewes that do not need to put on much weight are cleaning out paddocks after the lambs. These paddocks get some fertiliser either in the form of cattle slurry or a bag of nitrogen after they are well grazed off.
The next lot of ewes are on good grass as they need to put on some more weight before mating.
We also have a small group of thin ewes who have a condition score of about 2.5 - this lot are being grazed with the ewe lambs to give them every chance to reach a condition score of 3 before they are put in lamb.
Any ewe in this group that is still too light before breeding will be culled. These ewes are mostly hoggets that reared lambs or older ewes that are in their last breeding year.
All the ewes received a mineral vitamin dose this week. The product we used was Twin Plus from Natural Stockcare. They got 15ml each by oral administration.
The ewe lambs got a mineral bolus made up of cobalt, selenium and copper. They were also shorn and got a dose for stomach worms.
After the sudden drop in wool prices, the ewe lambs produced almost enough wool to cover the cost of shearing. The bonus we find is the ewe lamb will thrive better after being shorn and more of them will get to the weight required for mating in their first year.